Manager Mark Haley's pitching staff will be highlighted by LHP Wade Miley, RHP Trevor Harden, and RHP Jordan Meaker. Miley was a supplemental first round pick (43rd overall) by the Diamondbacks in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft and compiled a 1-1 record with a 4.91 ERA in seven games with Yakima last season. Harden fell to the 14th-round, but fanned 64 Pioneer League batters in 42.1 innings last year en route to a 1.91 ERA. Meaker, a 20th round selection, anchored the Yakima bullpen in 2008 with six saves and a 1.47 ERA.
At the plate, the Silver Hawks will rely on the power of INF Nelson Gomez. Selected in the 24th round last June, Gomez led Missoula with 10 home runs and 45 RBI. Joining Gomez in the infield is Indiana native Justin Parker, the younger brother of former Silver Hawks pitcher Jarrod Parker, and Reynaldo Navarro, a highly-regarded shortstop prospect who was selected in the 3rd round of the 2007 draft.
The only returning Silver Hawk from last year's championship roster is
infielder Ramon Ramirez. The Dominican native batted just .224 with no
homers in 89 Silver Hawks games last year.
The Silver Hawks return the entire coaching staff from 2008, with Haley returning to South Bend for his fifth season as skipper of the Hawks. Pitching coach Erik Sabel and hitting coach Francisco Morales both return for a second season in South Bend.
In a pre-season exhibition game Tuesday night, the South Bend Silver Hawks held the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to just one hit, and none after the first inning,
resulting in a 5-1 victory at Coveleski Stadium. The game, which doubled as a fundraiser for the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation, was the final tune-up for the Silver Hawks as they prepare to open their season Thursday night.
The Silver Hawks had six pitchers combine on the one-hitter, including Bayron Zepeda who was credited with the victory after a perfect inning of relief. After Notre Dame scratched across an unearned run in the top of the first inning, the Fighting Irish did not have a runner past second base the remainder of the game.
Trailing 1-0 after a half-inning of play, the Silver Hawks took advantage of four hits and two errors to score four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Ryan Babineau drove in two runs with a single, while Justin Parker and Nelson Gomez each picked up single RBI in the frame.
South Bend added their final tally in the third inning on an RBI triple from Alberto Diaz.
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